Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is a distinctive learning process that helps individuals develop effectiveness in ministry.
The goals of CPE are to foster growth in four areas: the ability to be reflective about the personal and professional dimensions of the practice of ministry; formation and integration of pastoral identity in the context of covenantal relationships; competence in the skills of pastoral care; and expertise in areas of pastoral specialization.
Several features make CPE distinctive
CPE is distinctive because it is:
- Experience-based learning: Students spend half or more of their time in the actual experience of ministry, providing care and learning from the persons with whom they are in ministry.
- Student centered: Although a basic curriculum is provided, the emphasis is on the student's determination of what she or he needs to learn in order to grow in effectiveness.
- Deeply personal and intensely interpersonal: The learning process relies heavily on a small group of peers dedicated to a covenant of mutual learning in order to develop the habits of a reflective professional.
CPE programs at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center are accredited by the: